Fiske Creek Trail is a popular eight-mile hike in Cache Creek Canyon with unforgettable views that extend across central valley, north across Cortina Ridge, the Cache Creek Wilderness, and the Mendocino National Forest. Bring your tail-wagger along on an off-leash hike, but be aware that the hike is quite rugged, steep and mostly covered with dense chaparral.
To get to the trail, take highway 16 towards the Capay Valley and enter the Cache Creek Canyon. Then drive into Cache Creek Regional Park and turn into the parking area on your left. When the park is closed, or when the parking area is not accessible during the off season, you can park at any of the pullouts on Road 40/Rayhouse Road. To get to the trailhead, you have to hike a further two and a half miles along Road 40. There are signs on the road leading to the trailhead. Just look for the rusty metal cylinder on the right-hand side, and the trailhead will be approximately two-and-a-half miles on your left.
Once you start on the trail, you will wander through grass and oaks as you walk uphill. The trail then begins to descend across thick bush towards a creek at the bottom. You will eventually climb out of the bottom and wind up along the east slope where you will come across three more creeks and spring runoff.
The trail is great all year round, but spring winter and fall are probably the best times to hike this trail. The trail is quite challenging, and a lot of people actually like to hike on a cold winter day even though there may be snow on the trail.
The Fiske Creek Trail is among the best little-known treasures in Yolo County. It is a pleasure to hike with your furry bestie since it is relatively easy to hike and offers pawtacular views.
The low-water bridge on Road 40 (Rayhouse Road) that passes over Cache Creek has been closed to vehicle traffic since 2009. To get across, you must use horseback, a bike or hike across. When it is wet, the road is completely impassable due to sticky mud, so keep an eye on the weather before and during your planned trip to the trail.